This course introduces students to the principles, concepts and applications of quantum technology. Building upon prior learning in quantum mechanics, students will first develop an understanding of the ‘qubit’ as the model quantum system used in quantum technologies. Students will then explore the archetypal physical realisations of qubits (eg superconducting circuits, photons, trapped atoms etc) before being introduced to each of the major types of quantum technology: computing/ simulation, communications and sensing/ microscopy. During this learning, an emphasis will be placed on critically comparing the different realisations of qubits and quantum technologies as well as quantum and classical technologies so that students readily appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of each. Assessments will be designed to advance computational skills as well as written and verbal communication skills necessary for the quantum industry.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements for this course students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Model the initialisation, control, measurement and decoherence of qubits as abstracted quantum systems;
- Appraise archetypal physical realisations of qubits (superconducting circuits, trapped atoms, spin defects in solids, photons etc), methods of initialisation, control and measurement, and sources of decoherence;
- Examine the key principles, concepts and applications of each major quantum technology type: computing/simulation, communications and sensing/ microscopy;
- Critically compare different realisations of quantum technologies as well as quantum and classical technologies;
- Develop advanced computational, written communication and verbal communication skills.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Assignments 30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
- Presentation 20% (LO 4, 5)
- Final exam 50% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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WorkloadThree one-hour lectures/ workshops per week plus a one-hour weekly tutorial
Requisite and Incompatibility
Most recent edition of: M.A. Neilsen and I.L. Chuang, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Cambridge University Press.
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